Fun with OData and Windows Phone 7

Tonight I’m speaking in San Francisco on one of my favorite topics, OData. Here’s the info: Creating and Consuming OData Services for Business Applications. (By the way, the Open Data Protocol (OData) is a protocol for querying and updating data over the web. If you’re not familiar with OData I encourage you to check out… Read more

Integrate Outlook Appointments with SharePoint 2010 Calendar Lists using Data Services

The other day a good friend of mine asked me if it was possible to send appointments created in Outlook into a SharePoint calendar list. It’s easy enough to grab this data from Outlook by building an add-in with Visual Studio, but what also turned out to be really easy was sending this information to… Read more

Bay Area Education Day on Saturday – OData, Cloud, SharePoint, Office, VB, C#, DLR

Come over to Foothill college on Saturday May 15th for a full day, two track education day with an all-star Microsoft cast. I’ll be there speaking on OData, Office and SharePoint development in Visual Studio 2010. We’ve also got some folks from the languages team coming to show off what’s new in VB, C# and… Read more

Add Spark to Your OData: Consuming Data Services in Excel 2010 Part 2

Last post I talked about how you can create your own WCF data services (OData) and use PowerPivot to do some powerful analysis inside Excel 2010 as well as how to use the new sparklines feature. If you missed it: Add Spark to Your OData: Consuming Data Services in Excel 2010 Part 1 In this… Read more

Add Spark to Your OData: Consuming Data Services in Excel 2010 Part 1

OData is an open REST-ful protocol for exposing and consuming data on the web. Also known as Astoria, ADO.NET Data Services, now called WCF Data Services in .NET. I’ve written about it in the context of .NET many times on this blog. However there are SDKs available for other platforms like JavaScript and PHP. With… Read more

Using Projections with Data Services in Visual Studio 2010

Starting in Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1, you can create ADO.NET Data Services to easily expose data models via RESTful web services. So if you are building a remote CRUD data access layer then this is a technology that you’re probably using or are looking into. I’ve written a lot about about data services… Read more

Creating a SharePoint Visual Web Part using Visual Studio 2010

Last year we built a business application for order management for Northwind Traders on the Office and SharePoint platform using Visual Studio 2008 and Office & SharePoint 2007. Lately I’ve been writing articles that show how to upgrade it to Office & SharePoint 2010 using Visual Studio 2010. If you missed them: Migrating an Outlook… Read more

Northwind Office Business Application Updated for Visual Studio, Office & SharePoint 2010

Last year we built a business application for order management for Northwind Traders on the Office and SharePoint platform using Visual Studio 2008 and Office & SharePoint 2007. Recently I started releasing articles that show how to upgrade the VS2008 version to VS2010: Migrating an Outlook Client to .NET Framework 4 in Visual Studio 2010… Read more

Migrating a 2007 Workflow to Visual Studio & SharePoint 2010

Lately I’ve been converting an Office business application we built last year with Visual Studio 2008 to Visual Studio and Office 2010. Last couple posts we tackled converting the Outlook client piece. In this post I want to focus on the server side and show how we can convert the SharePoint 2007 workflow we built… Read more

Speaking at East Bay.NET Tomorrow Night on VSTO & SharePoint 2010

Wow, welcome back from the holidays! I hope yours were as fun and relaxing as mine were. It’s always a wonderful time of year to stay with friends and family and concentrate on what’s really important in life. Well it’s time to get back at it and I am refreshed and ready to go! I’m… Read more